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Local leaders focusing on ways to address opioid addictions before claims against manufacturers are decided

Floyd County Commissioners and representatives of local hospitals spent more time Monday talking about addressing the local opioid epidemic than suing the pharmaceutical companies.

It’s a relatively new phenomenon, mirroring a steep increase in the opioid prescribing rate since 2006. The national rate peaked in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but in a quarter of U.S. counties there are still enough prescriptions for at least every person to have one.

Brinson Askew Berry partner Andy Davis and Rome attorney Bob Finnell expect to file suit as early as this week on behalf on a number of local governments, including Rome and Floyd County, against opioid manufacturers.

It will join a multijurisdictional case in an Ohio federal court examining the liability manufacturers and distributors have for encouraging over-prescription of the highly addictive painkillers.

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